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If you’re wondering why you should give a damn about shoulder exercises, then missy let us tell you that without them you are never going to get sculpted shoulders and collar bones. An open and relaxed shoulder not just makes you stand tall but also makes you look leaner.
Shoulder muscles aren’t restricted to your shoulder; rather they start from the lower neck and extend all the way to your shoulder blades. And that’s why doing shoulder exercises also helps in relieving lower neck soreness, states a study published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Not to mention, if you don’t have strong shoulders, you won’t be able to lift those heavy weights.
That’s why you need these seven super moves to flaunt your oh-so-sexy shoulders:
When it comes to your upper body, nothing beats push-ups. But yes pulling them off is not a child’s play because it requires strength and skill. So, before you go for the classic push-up, you must practice with knee push-ups. Push-ups help in the movement of your shoulder blades and grease the shoulder joints as well.
Shocked? Don’t be. Planks don’t just work on your core, they also help all the other muscles involved in holding the pose grow stronger. So the more planks you do, the stronger your upper arms and shoulders will become.
3. Downward-facing dog
This one works supremely well for your traps. When you make an inverted V, your traps extend and relax your lower neck muscles. That’s why during your first few downward dogs you might hear a cracking sound of your muscles. That’s the sound of your muscle nodes opening up.
4. Super push-ups
A super-hard variant of push-ups, this one is not for beginners. Once you have aced the classic push-up, you can try your hands on this one. Super push-up or sliding push-up is a must-do shoulder exercise. Why? Because it warms up all the shoulder muscles at once and the rotation movement helps in a better movement when you do weight training.
5. Jumping jacks
Doing 30 to 50 jumping jacks will not only pump up your shoulder muscles but will also keep stiffness away. So, don’t skip them.
6. Kettlebell press
If y’all think that doing shoulder presses is a man’s thing then you are highly mistaken. Yes, of course, you can choose a lighter weight and more reps, but don’t rule out kettlebell press as it will help sculpt your shoulder blades and make them stronger than ever.
7. Shoulder shrugs
You must always end your shoulder routine with shoulder shrugs. Period! Shoulder shrugs focus on your traps and help them become leaner and more in line. All you need to do is hold the maximum weight that you can in both hands. Now keep your neck straight and look in the front.
Now shrug your shoulders, hold the shrug for five seconds, and then relax. That’s it! And FYI this will also help you get that well-defined collarbone just like Kareena Kapoor.
So, there you go ladies. We’ve spilt the beans and now it’s your time to shine with these shoulder exercises.